September 22, 2021 Volume 6 Issue 4

CFDE Webinar: Contact Tracing

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence hosted a third webinar on classroom teaching earlier this week, which focused on contact tracing procedures and what we’re learning from Emory’s contact tracing data. View the webinar here. Thus far, the primary source of infection at Emory remains off-campus transmission. Please remind your students to strictly follow COVID-19 protocols and carefully follow best health practices both on and off-campus: wear a face mask, stay home when sick, gather outdoors when possible, and wash hands regularly. 

For the latest COVID-19 guidance, policies, and protocols for the university community, please regularly check the Emory Forward website.

Reminder: Guidance for Teaching and Supporting Students in Isolation or Quarantine

The Office of Faculty and the Office for Undergraduate Education have provided all faculty and instructors with guidelines for teaching in-person with students in isolation or quarantine, which includes guidance on who to contact if a student reports to you that they are in isolation or quarantine.

Flu Shot Requirement

This fall, Emory is requiring that all faculty, staff, and students get a flu shot no later than Friday, October 29. This requirement is another important effort in keeping the campus community healthy and minimizing strain on our healthcare systems. See the Emory HR site for details on how to get your shot on and off-campus.

Onsite Flu Clinics: For employees who are working on campus for the Fall semester, onsite flu clinics will be offered October 6 – November 1. This option is only available to those working on campus. To view the schedule and register, go here.

Completing the Attestation Form: Once you have had your flu shot, you will need to complete Emory’s Flu Attestation Form. Complete this form no later than October 29. Individuals who need a medical, religious, or other exemption from the flu shot requirement can select this option on the form. 

Open Office Hours for Faculty

Deboleena Roy, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, will hold open office hours twice a month during the remainder of the semester. New faculty are especially encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to speak with Dean Roy and meet other faculty in smaller group settings. Faculty may RSVP and receive meeting information by contacting Shannon DeMyers at Office hours this fall include:

  • Friday, Oct. 8, 2 – 3 p.m. (In person)
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 1 – 2 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Friday, Nov. 5, 2 – 3 p.m. (In person)
  • Friday, Nov. 19, 1 – 2 p.m. (Zoom)
  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 1 – 2 p.m. (In person)
  • Friday, Dec. 10, 2 – 3 p.m. (Zoom)

OUE Advising Changes

OUE has changed the advising model for all ECAS students. Beginning on September 15, all Emory College students have an assigned advisor. Under the previous model, students were assigned to a small advising team which often meant a student would see different advisors each team they visited OUE. The new model allows for students to build a relationship with a single named OUE advisor. This advisor's name appears for students in OPUS and on College Connect. Faculty and staff can find advisor assignments broken down by international or domestic students, by last name, on the OUE Website.

Faculty Development Opportunities and Resources

Halle Institute Collaborative Research Grant Applications Due Sept. 30

The Halle Institute’s Collaborative Research Grants are open to all regular, full-time faculty in any school or discipline. Funding supports mobility and fosters global research collaborations between faculty partners in different universities and research institutions. The current round of Collaborative Research Grants includes the following institutions:

  • University of Boon
  • Halle Foundation (Germany)
  • Nanjing University
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Yonsei University

For more information on collaborative research grants, please visit the Halle Institute website.

Call for Applications: ILA Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellowship

Emory College faculty are invited to apply for the Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellowship for the 2022-23 academic year. The opportunity provides a full-time Emory College faculty member, at the level of senior lecturer, associate professor, or above, one academic year immersed in the ILA.

The Fellow will be released from teaching and service responsibilities in the home department. In addition, the ILA will provide a research stipend of $4,000. Applications are due October 22. For details and to apply, please visit the ILA website.

The ILA is also pleased to announce the first recipient of the Fellowship this year: Ruby Lal, an acclaimed historian of India and Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory. Her fields of study include feminist history and theory, and the question of archive as it relates to writing about Islamic societies in early modern and modern world. Read more about Lal and the fellowship on the ILA website.

Resources for Retirement Planning

Emory offers a variety of resources and support programs to help you transition into retirement, starting with Preparing to Retire. You can find the retirement programs on the Emory Work-Life page.

Phased Faculty Retirement: If you are a regular faculty member interested in a phased retirement, please contact Dean Deboleena Roy by emailing the account to request a meeting to discuss your options.

Emeritus College Retirement Seminars: The Emory University Emeritus College has a series of audio and video Retirement Seminars that feature topics on planning for and living your life after retirement. The Emeritus College also offers a Retirement Mentoring Program, available to faculty pre-retirees, to help with the anticipated lifestyle, social, emotional, and psychological transition to a fulfilling life in retirement. For more information, or to sign up for the Retirement Mentoring Program, contact Ann Rogers ( 

Resources for Stress Management

Faculty Staff Assistance Program

The Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) offers a range of services such as stress management resources, workshops and counseling services to help with your emotional health. You can register for workshops here, including the Refresh From Stress series which starts October 1. This program offers a way to enhance your mood and overall health and emotional well-being. Activities will promote self-care, social connections, and mindfulness, along with other inspirations to help increase stress resilience

Online Mental Health Screening

Check your current mental health status by taking a free, confidential online screening. To take a free screening via FSAP, please click here.

Healthy Emory Connect

Healthy Emory Connect is Emory’s personalized web platform to track your healthy activities. You can earn incentives to help save money on your medical expenses. To join Healthy Emory Connect, log in to VirginPulse using your Emory net ID and password. If you need help signing up for Healthy Emory Connect, please check out the Getting Started Webinar or Desktop Tutorial.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has a wide variety of courses for managing your stress, practicing mindfulness, and more. LinkedIn Learning can be used on or off-campus and on mobile devices via the LinkedIn Learning app. Please use a desktop device for account activation. To activate your account, go to the LinkedIn Learning sign-in page. Then click on “Sign In”. You will need your Emory Net ID and password to verify your access. Instructions can be found in the User Activation Guide.

Popular courses include Managing Stress for Positive Change (56-min) and Mindful Stress Management (36-min).

Mental Health Resources for Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Campus Life is offering all students an array of services this semester beyond individual therapy. Programming includes workshops on anxiety, imposter syndrome, stress management, dedicated support for students in quarantine and isolation, and more. The full list of services you can share with your students can be found on the CAPS website.

Special Event: "In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession" Symposium Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Registration is now open for the symposium “In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession: Emory, Racism, and the Journey Towards Restorative Justice,” set for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Hosted by Emory University, the symposium will take place in a hybrid format on Emory’s Atlanta and Oxford campuses, with in-person and virtual sessions, as well as physical and digital exhibits. The symposium is open to the public at no charge. Please click here to register.

Many universities are examining their histories and discovering their connections to slave labor and Indigenous dispossession. This symposium will highlight the ongoing efforts and research in the areas of slavery, dispossession, and restorative justice, with a focus on the legacy of racism and its enduring effects at Emory University. The sessions will include creative interpretations and dialogue, with a primary focus on the perspectives of Black, Native American, and Indigenous peoples. Click here to read an article about the symposium. 

Upcoming Meetings

Sep 22, 4:00 PM College Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library or Zoom

Sep 24, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Implicit Biases and Best Practices: Session for Faculty Search Committee members

Leaders: Deboleena Roy and Robert Liu Contact to RSVP and receive Zoom invite.

Sep 27, 4:00 PM Department Chair Meeting

Location: Convocation Hall, Room 208

Oct 5, 9:00 - 10:30 AM Implicit Biases and Best Practices: Session for Faculty Search Committee members

Leaders: Deboleena Roy and Robyn Fivush Contact to RSVP and receive Zoom invite.

Oct 6, 4:00 PM College Faculty Senate Meeting

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library or Zoom